As a school, we are passionate about living sustainably and empowering children and the community to tackle the climate crisis.
Outdoor learning is a fundamental part of this approach. We have sets of waterproof clothing and wellies so that children can play outside in any weather. We have developed green spaces across the school, including a rooftop garden for the children to grow their own food. We have bird boxes, bird baths, bug houses and a wormery. Children do den building, and we collect old tyres, pushchairs, tarpaulins, cable reels and suitcases for imaginative and construction play.
The school has also formed a group of local parents, community members, charities and businesses to raise money for further site development with the goal of acting as a model of a sustainable school.
This group is called The Visionary Schools Lab and is led by The Visionaries, who are tenants in the school. The group plans to fundraise to enable the site to become an open access nature space on evenings and weekends, where local community members can grow and harvest their own food and children can play in natural spaces. The group will also explore ways to tackle the climate crisis in all aspects: from solar panels to locally grown food, from recycling to providing a habitat for birds and bugs.